Record Collectors

Record Collector: Brooklyn and Dillon, aka thegrapevinyl

Brooklyn and Dillon are a couple from Alliston, Ontario Canada who share a deep and passionate love for music. They tell me thay're always introducing each other to new music and pushing the boundaries of what they each listen to. Brooklyn’s favourite genre is doom metal and music that induces spiritual exploration. Dillon says the he tends to be more on the experimental side of the musical spectrum.  

The couple that shops for vinyl together stays together. Yep. Please help me in welcoming Brooklyn and Dillon to the Record Collector club.

How long have you been collecting records?

Just under two years. We started slow and have undergone exponential growth. 


Artist: Mayhem Album: Deathcrush (1987) Vinyl Data: Cloudy Clear (2009) Label: Back on Black Mayhem: Artistically, musically and lyrically, Deathcrush is a vile piece of art. Although it definitely features some awesome riffs and cool ideas, the stinging, buzzsaw guitars, shrieking wails and disturbing, violent necrophilia inspired lyrics are truly shocking and lasting statements of extreme music still today. When it’s not straight up terrifying, it is incredibly awkward, creepy and off-kilter. Take for example the odd, militant marching style drum passage to kick things off, or the haunting keyboard segment nearing the end of the b-side. For those looking to indulge in the truly obscene and brutal, look no further. �� �� �� �� #vinyloftheday #vinylcollection #mayhem #mayhemband #deathcrush #backonblack #metalrecords #norweigianblackmetal #blackmetalvinyl #vinylcollector #vinylcollective #vinylcommunity #vinyligclub #vinylclub #vinylgram #coloredvinyl #vinyladdict #vinyllove #vinylnerd #instavinyl #records_feature #vinylcollectionpost #vinylart #vinyljunkie #albumreview #recordcollection #recordnerd #igvinylcommunity #musicislife #vinylporn

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Where/how do you usually find your records these days?

Mostly online because of limited pressings, etc., however, there’s a huge thrill that comes when you visit a record store that’s impossible to shake off. Visiting particular record stores can influence many weekend ventures! 


Artist: Electric Wizard Album: Wizard Bloody Wizard Label: Spinefarm Records, Witchfinder Records Pressing info: Red Translucent /1000 (album is in slightly bigger than usual dust jacket... kinda cool) Vinyl Share: We imagine side A of this record took a few listeners for a ride into some unexpected sonic territory. I guess it’s no real surprise though that Electric Wizard would indulge in some bad-ass, old-school hard rock. If the album title’s blatant Sabbath reference wasn’t a hint, than the expertly executed retro rock aesthetic of the gatefold, “unshaved” sleeve, and poster were obvious indicators that some throwback musical styles were in the cards. They certainly did the sound justice (of course they would) and side B has enough classic Electric Wizard doom metal sound to keep long time fans of the band’s sound happy as well! �� �� �� �� #vinyloftheday #vinylcollection #electricwizard #wizardbloodywizard #spinefarmrecords #witchfinderrecords #doommetal #stonermetal #vinylcollector #vinylcollective #vinylcommunity #vinyligclub #vinylclub #vinylgram #coloredvinyl #vinyladdict #vinyllove #vinylnerd #instavinyl #records_feature #vinylcollectionpost #vinylart #vinyljunkie #albumreview #recordcollection #recordnerd #musiclover #musicislife #vinylporn

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What is the most you paid for a single record, where/how did you obtain it, and what was it?

$300 for Sun Kil Moon's Benji, second pressing promo edition clear with red, yellow, blue, black swirl. I (Brooklyn) found it on Discogs for a special Christmas present for Dillon. We have not actually posted it on our page yet!


Artist: R.A. The Rugged Man Album: Legends Never Die (2013) Genre: Hip Hop Vinyl Share: This record's strengths are R.A.'s outstanding flow, his honest lyricism, and the album's variety. An arguable shortcoming is its occasional silly hooks that almost feel like they were pulled out of a Baz Luhrmann film. But honestly, if you're just spinning for a good time, it's easy to go along with the record's odd moments and appreciate one of the best in the game. R.A.'s career has spanned decades, and his perseverance within the rap community is a story of tenacity, and true skill trumping the fate-deciding hands of mainstream record labels. R.A. brings a lot of personality to the table and his words seem unfiltered, as though immune to the influence of judgment or criticism. It's a unique album that seems to draw from decades of rap evolution, and we're happy to rock it any day. #naturesoundsrecords #rapvinyl #hiphoprecords #newyorkrap #hiphopvinyl #ratheruggedman #thepeopleschamp #legendsneverdie #definitionofarapflow #vinyloftheday #vinylcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcollective #vinylcommunity #vinylclub #vinylgram #vinyladdict #vinyllove #vinylnerd #records_feature #vinylcollectionpost #vinyljunkie #albumreview #recordcollection #recordnerd #musiclover #musicislife #vinylporn

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If you to pick one record label you feel had/has the best track record of quality releases, who would that be and what are some key titles you love?

Profound Lore Records has a ridiculously strong track record of releasing quality albums for over a decade. Amazing recent releases of theirs are: Bell Witch's Mirror Reaper (2017) and Artificial Brain's Labyrinth Constellations (2014). Some of their greatest releases are: Agalloch's Marrow of the Spirit (2010) and Altar of Plagues' Teethed Glory and Injury (2013).

Of everything in your current collection, what is your most prized record and why? 

There’s certainly no one answer to that question. 

Dillon’s would have to be Swans' The Seer because it was his first received by a student before he even had a player and it’s one of the best records ever made. Brooklyn would have to choose Show Me a Dinosaur’s self-titled on “Zvezdnoe Serdtse" (Heart of a Star) Edition- Baby Pink with Deep Purple A Side / B Side With Coke Bottle Green, Swamp Green and Electric Blue Splatter /100. It was the most rare and beautiful album even given to me (from Dillon)!

Is there anything that frustrates you about the current record collecting scene?

No, the opposite; we think there’s a lot to be excited for. The only thing that frustrates us is that we don’t have enough money to participate in it more! I guess we could complain that some records are overpriced, but we don’t have to buy them. 


Artist: Sleaford Mods Album: English Tapas (2017) Genre: Hip Hop Vinyl Share: Sleaford Mods grew on me. At first, it was like I was listening in on a party I wasn't invited to. This band was doing it unlike anyone else I listened to. Near spoken word poetry hip-hop exploring the UK anti-austerity movement and the Nottingham lifestyle. It was filled with slang that I couldn't even even recognize. But I pulled out a lyric sheet, did my homework and kept listening. Upon repeated listens, my love grew and grew. This was of course listening to their previous albums. English Tapas is so catchy this whole endeavour is not nearly as necessary. Sleaford Mods use simple beats, quirky bass lines and sparse instrumentals to compose their songs. English Tapas is minimalist as always, yet the band is catchier than ever on this release. Jason Williamson's vocal rhythms and hooks are at their most accessible, without hindering the band's unique sound and authenticity. Throw on Drayton Manored to get the idea. Hell of an album! #vinyllove #vinyloftheday #vinylcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcollective #vinylcommunity #vinyligclub #vinylclub #vinylgram #vinyladdict #vinyllove #vinylnerd #records_feature #vinylcollectionpost #vinylart #vinyljunkie #recordcollection #recordnerd #musiclover #musicislife #vinylporn #sleafordmods #englishtapas #coloredvinyl #albumreview #cratedigger #hiphopvinyl #hiphop

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Which records are still on your want list that you've had a tough time tracking down through the years?

Nothing is hard enough if you got enough money! But there’s a few that we’re waiting for reasonably priced copies to become available, such as: Queens of the Stone Age’s Self-titled with original art, and She Wants Revenge’s Self-titled. I would have said Genghis Tron’s Board Up the House if I didn’t just randomly scoop up a copy at Rotate This in Toronto (YUSSS!). That feeling when a shop has that super specific rare record you’ve been looking out for��


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